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CMP ISBN Amanuensis

Unfortunately, Oracle has effectively decommitted Applets. This means you can no longer run the various CMP programs in a browser. You must download them and install them. You must have the most recent Java JRE (Java Runtime Environment) 1.8.0_131 32-bit or 64-bit. It no longer matters which browser you use.
Oracle has effectively decommited Applets, so this Applet will no longer run online in your browser, but it is a hybrid you can also download, install and run it on your own machine as standalone application. It will start and run faster if you do that. It will also work safely even if you have disabled Java in your browser.

This Applet will help you interconvert, tidy up and validate ISBN-10 and ISBN-13s (sometimes called EANs (European Article Numbers)) ISBN (International Standard Book Number). It tidies them into standard form with the dashes in the correct places (the rules where they go are quite complicated). It also validates the group number and the check digit. Just paste the raw ISBN-10 or ISBN-13 into the top raw box, click Tidy then copy the tidied ISBN-10 or ISBN-13 from the bottom boxes. A tidied ISBN looks like this: 0-9600688-8-0 or 0-13-625666-X or 978-0-00-000000-2.

The amanuensis is also available with Java source to download. When you run ISBN Amanuensis as an application, it is even more automatic. You don’t need to do manually paste and copying. Just click Paste to convert the current contents of the clipboard. The tidied ISBN-13 replaces the old the raw text clipboard contents. This automatic feature is not available in the Applet version because the Applet sandbox considers it a security risk.

Applet failed to run. No Java 1.8 or later plug-in found.

Java Requirements and Troubleshooting

ISBN is a signed Java Applet (that can also be run as an application) to ISBN Validator. You are welcome to install it on your own website. If it does not work…
  1. For this Applet hybrid to work, you must click grant/accept/always run on this site/I accept the risk to give it permission to let you copy/paste. If you refuse to grant permission, the program may crash with an inscrutable stack dump on the console complaining about AccessController.checkPermission.
  2. In the Java Control Panel security tab, click Start ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Programs ⇒ Java ⇒ Security, configure medium security to allow self-signed and vanilla unsigned applets to run. If medium is not available, or if Java security is blocking you from running the program, configure high security and add to the Exception Site List at the bottom of the security tab.
  3. Often problems can be fixed simply by clicking the reload button on your browser.
  4. Make sure you have both JavaScript and Java enabled in your browser.
  5. Make sure the Java in your browser is enabled in the security tab of the Java Control panel. Click Start ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Programs ⇒ Java ⇒ Security ⇒ Enable Java Content in the browser.
  6. This signed Java Applet (that can also be run as an application) needs 32-bit or 64-bit Java 1.8 or later. For best results use the latest 1.8.0_131 Java.
  7. You also need a recent browser.
  8. It works under any operating system that supports Java e.g. W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32, W10-64, Linux, LinuxARM, LinuxX86, LinuxX64, Ubuntu, Solaris, SolarisSPARC, SolarisSPARC64, SolarisX86, SolarisX64 and OSX
  9. You should see the Applet hybrid above looking much like this screenshot. If you don’t, the following hints should help you get it working:
  10. Optionally, you may permanently install the Canadian Mind Products code-signing certificate so you don’t have to grant each time.
  11. If the above Applet hybrid appears to freeze-up, click Alt-Esc repeatedly to check for any buried permission dialog box.
  12. If you have certificate troubles, check the installed certificates and remove or update any obsolete or suspected defective certificates. The only certificate used by this program is mindprodcert2017rsa.cer.
  13. Especially if this Applet hybrid has worked before, try clearing the browser cache and rebooting.
  14. To ensure your Java is up to date, check with Wassup. First, download it and run it as an application independent of your browser, then run it online as an Applet to add the complication of your browser.
  15. If the above Applet hybrid does not work, check the Java console for error messages.
  16. If the above Applet hybrid does not work, you might have better luck with the downloadable version available below.
  17. If you are using Mac OS X and would like an improved Look and Feel, download the QuaQua look & feel from UnZip the contained quaqua.jar and install it in ~/Library/Java/Extensions or one of the other ext dirs.
  18. Upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer or another browser.
  19. Click the Information bar, and then click Allow blocked content. Unfortunately, this also allows dangerous ActiveX code to run. However, you must do this in order to get access to perfectly-safe Java Applets running in a sandbox. This is part of Microsoft’s war on Java.
  20. Try upgrading to a more recent version of your browser, or try a different browser e.g. Firefox, SeaMonkey, IE or Avant.
  21. If you still can’t get the program working click the red HELP button below for more detail.
  22. If you can’t get the above Applet hybrid working after trying the advice above and from the red HELP button below, have bugs to report or ideas to improve the program or its documentation, please send me an email atemail Roedy Green.
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Here are some sample valid 10-digit ISBN numbers you can use to test with:
0-00-000000-0 0-200-00000-4 0-7000-0000-3 0-85000-000-9 0-900000-00-7 0-9500000-0-0 0-9999999-9-0
1-00-000000-1 1-09-999999-5 1-100-00000-3 1-399-99999-0 1-4000-0000-9 1-4999-9999-2
1-5000-0000-0 1-5499-9999-0 1-55000-000-4 1-86979-999-2 1-869800-00-1 1-9990000-0-5
2-00000000-2 2-95000000-2 3-00000000-3 3-99999999-3 4-00000000-4 4-95000000-4
5-00000000-5 5-95000000-5 7-00000000-7 7-20000000-0 7-95000000-7 80-0000000-8 93-9999999-8 950-000000-8 950-999999-7
9949-99999-5 9950-00000-9 9959-99999-8 9960-00000-1 9989-99999-6 99901-9601-X
Examples of bad ISBNs you can use to test with:
6000000006 6950000006 6999999996 9400000006 9419000001 949999999X
992999999X 9930000003 9934000008 9939999992 9940000006 9999900003 9999999999

13-digit ISBN numbers

This program also handles the new Bookland EAN-13, 13-digit, bar-code ISBNs. It handles both 10-digit and 13-digit ISBNs. All it does is prepend 978- to the old number and recompute the check digit, e. g.
0-915972-22-0 becomes 978-0-915972-22-7.
0-13-625666-X becomes 978-0-13-625666-3.

ISBN-13 numbers that start with 979 don’t have an ISBN-10 equivalent.

This program displays both the ISBN-10 and ISBN-13, with dashes in the right place, given either, The new Bookland EAN-13 check digit is computed in an unusual way with mod 10 and weight 3. This means the 13-digit ISBN numbers are always purely numeric. There is never an X check digit as there is sometimes with the mod-10, 10-digit ISBNs. 10-digit ISBNs and 12-digit UPCs (Universal Product Codes) are being unified as 13-digit EANs.

ISBN Amanuensis
2.5 2011-12-03 free Java
more infoprecisscreenshotbrowse source repository
for the current version of ISBN Amanuensis.
Applet to help you tidy, convert and verify ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 numbers used to identify books. Inserts dashes in the correct places and validates the check digit. It works even more simply as a downloadable application. ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number.
download 548K zip for ISBN Amanuensis Java source, compiled class files, jar and documentation to run on your own machine either as an application or an Applet.

Runs on any OS that supports Java e.g. W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32, W10-64, Linux, LinuxARM, LinuxX86, LinuxX64, Ubuntu, Solaris, SolarisSPARC, SolarisSPARC64, SolarisX86, SolarisX64 and OSX.

First install the most recent Java.

To install, extract the zip download with WinZip, (or similar unzip utility) into any directory you please, often J:\ — ticking off the use folder names option.

To check out the corresponding source from the Subversion repository, use the TortoiseSVN repo-browser to
access isbn source in repository with [Tortoise] Subversion client on

After you have installed the jar, you can run it as an application. Type:

java -jar J:\com\mindprod\isbn\isbn.jar

adjusting as necessary to account for where the jar file is.

download ASP PAD XML program description for the current version of ISBN Amanuensis.

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ISBN Amanuensis is free. Full source included. You may even include the source code, modified or unmodified in free/commercial open source/proprietary programs that you write and distribute. Non-military use only.
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